St Mary's Church, South Cowton, North Yorkshire
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A finely-crafted church built in warring times
St Mary's stands above the water meadows of South Cowton, with views of the neighbouring castle on the hill to the south. Sir Richard Conyers, a supporter of the House of York, erected both buildings between 1450 and 1470 at the start of the Wars of the Roses.
The handsome church, like the castle, is sturdy in character. Inside the craftsmanship is superb, especially the stained glass, wall painting, consecration crosses and roof. Effigies believed to be of Richard and his two wives lie in the chancel. There is also a porch with a barrel roof and room above, some lovely glass and a strange 'two-faced' carving on a choir stall.
A church built on ancient foundations
Intriguing glimpses of history in a beautiful parish church
A haven for walkers in the beautiful Cover valley of the Yorkshire Dales
Access to the church is along a path, through churchyard and through the small chancel door at the south-eastern end of the church. Access is tight through the door and there is one step down into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water and toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
8 miles east of Richmond, off B1263. Travelling from Catterick, turn right before the garage at the crossroads to north and east Cowton. Follow the farm track for 0.5 miles past Church Farm to the church.
Nearest railway station: Northallerton (8 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.South Cowton St. Mary - Your Church Tour Yorkshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Discover North Yorkshire tourism website: www.discovernorthyorkshire.co.uk
- Days out with the kids in North Yorkshire: www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk
- North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway: www.nymr.co.uk
- The City of York and District Family History Society: www.yorkfamilyhistory.org.uk
- Family History Section of Yorkshire Archaeological Society: www.yorkshireroots.org.uk
- Yorkshire Archaeological Society: www.yas.org.uk
- List of churches in North Yorkshire: www.achurchnearyou.com
- North Yorkshire is in the Dioceses of Rippon and Leeds: www.riponleeds.anglican.org